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Barcelona’s pub­lic hol­i­days (or: bad days for shop­ping)

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1 Jan­uary: New Year’s Day

6 Jan­uary: The Epiphany

10 April (2020): Good Fri­day 13 April (2020):

Easter Mon­day

1 May: Labour Day

1 June (2020): Whit Mon­day 24 June: Sant Joan

15 Au­gust: As­sump­tion Day 11 Septem­ber: Na­tional Day of Cat­alo­nia

24 Septem­ber: La Mercè

12 Oc­to­ber:

Na­tional Day of Spain

1 Novem­ber: All Saints Day

6 De­cem­ber: Con­sti­tu­tion Day 8 De­cem­ber: Day of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion

25 De­cem­ber: Christ­mas Day 26 De­cem­ber: Box­ing Day

spec­tac­u­larly dec­o­rated streets. All year long, each street’s com­mit­tee cre­ates bril­liant dec­o­ra­tions to spruce up the roads with, hop­ing to win the ti­tle of Best Dec­o­rated Street.


11 Septem­ber

On 11 Septem­ber 1714, Cat­alo­nia lost the war to Spain. They re­mem­ber this day ev­ery year by cel­e­brat­ing it as their na­tional hol­i­day. Be­sides fire­works and con­certs, the main event is the hu­mon­gous in­de­pen­den­tist protest in the heart of the city. In 2014, a record 1.8 mil­lion peo­ple waved their ban­ners at this peace­ful protest. It al­ways kicks off at ex­actly 5.14pm (or 17.14, the year of the Cata­lan de­feat).


18 - 24 Septem­ber (2020)

On top of each dis­trict’s proper Festa Ma­jor, the city of Barcelona also hosts a big one at the end of sum­mer. Cor­refocs, con­certs at the beach, light fes­ti­vals and mar­kets en­ter­tain all de­mo­graph­ics while await­ing the big mag­num opus: the piro­mu­si­cal, or mu­si­cal fire­works on the fi­nal night.


1 Novem­ber

La Castanyada is a fes­ti­val for the hun­gry, as all there is to do is eat and drink. Tra­di­tion­ally, the dessert of the Castanyada din­ners con­sists of roasted chest­nuts, pan­el­lets (al­mond balls cov­ered in pine nuts), mo­ni­atos (roasted sweet pota­toes) and can­died fruit. To help you digest it all, they serve a fine glass of Moscatell (Mus­cat) on the side. Sa­lut!


30 Novem­ber - 23 De­cem­ber Although Barcelona is not a Christ­mas city per se, there are many fun things to do when the hol­i­days kick in. At Plaça Nova, in front of the cathe­dral, you can shop at the Fira de Santa Llúcia. This Christ­mas mar­ket does not sell your av­er­age mulled wine and raclette, but of­fers the most beau­ti­ful pe­se­bres: stat­ues for your na­tiv­ity scene.

 ??  ?? Piro­mu­si­cal de la Mercè.
Piro­mu­si­cal de la Mercè. Wikipedia

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